BIGODI WETLAND SANCTUARY
Only a few kilometers away from Chimps’ Nest, on the eastern side, there is the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. This Sanctuary is an interesting area, situated in Magombe swamp. The area is known for a wide range of biodiversity including many species of primates such as red colobus monkey, black and white colobus monkey, grey cheeked, mangabey, red tailed monkey, L’Hoest monkey, vervet monkey, blue monkey and baboon. Mammals like Sitatunga, bush pigs, bush bucks, otters, mongooses and chimpanzees also visit the swamp from Kibale National Park.
The Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a good example of a community based approach to natural resources management that can be of economic benefit to the local residents of the area as well as the tourism industry. Bookings for a visit to the sanctuary can be made in advance with Chimps’ Nest: [email protected] or on the spot when you are staying in Chimps’ Nest. We also organize different walks to the wetland and the people surrounding it.
Bigodi is a birder’s paradise. Experienced birders can add up to 50 new species on their list. So far, 138 bird species have been identified in the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. One of the main bird species found in the sanctuary is the great blue turaco.